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Hi, I am doing a school project on Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller and I need somebody to interview, if you know anything could you please answer my questions?

What influenced Anne Sullivan to teach Helen?

Why was Anne successful in teaching Helen the way she did?

Why did Anne have such a big turning point in history, and why did she influence people to help blind/deaf people?

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Hi Lindsey,

Sullivan was blind herself and went to a school for the blind.  There, she became skilled as a tutor for blind students and developed a top academic reputation.  After her graduation, teaching handicapped students seemed like a natural progression of her work.

Probably because of her own handicap, Sullivan was aware of the patronizing attitude that many people had toward people with disabilities.  They pretty much considered them worthless and incapable of much productive use.  Sullivan challenged that preconception, demanding that her student work hard at learning and developing communication skills.

Because of the publicized success with Keller, Sullivan's teaching methods took on more influence.  People realized that with proper education, many handicapped people could go on to live useful productive lives.  While they needed accommodation, Sullivan showed they could accomplish great things.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.

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I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.

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J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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Truman Scholar

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